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Salad

Salad

Cucamelon

Mexico’s “mouse melon” is actually a tiny cucumber. Cucamelons are grape-sized fruits that look like Lilliputian watermelons but taste like cucumbers. They are native to Mexico and Central America, where they go by nicknames such as sandita (“little watermelon”) or sandía ratón (“mouse melon”). They look so much like watermelons that unscrupulous seed-mongers often sell them as actual tiny …

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Tear lettuce leaves by hand?

The popular belief that tearing lettuce stops its edges browning is based on the theory that it damages fewer cells and limits oxidisation. There’s nothing, however, to prove it’s any less destructive than cutting the leaves with a knife. Both will turn brown at the same rate.

Storing cucumbers

Cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. We knew this about tomatoes, but cucumbers, too? Root Simple cites the University of California, Davis study, which determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F and may develop “chilling injuries” including water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay. If you must refrigerate …

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Storing cucumbers

Cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. We knew this about tomatoes, but cucumbers, too? The University of California, Davis, determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F and may develop “chilling injuries” including water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay. If you must refrigerate your cucumbers, limit it to 1-3 …

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Dressing a salad

When adding dressing to salad, drizzle it around the outside of the bowl, not on the leaves, then hand-mix. This prevents the bulk of the dressing from getting stuck on a few leaves.

Salad dressing

Don’t dress the salad when having a big party. Leave it on the side and let the people do it themselves. I’ve had too many soggy salads because of this.Marc Forgione – Iron Chef America